A meteor shower foreshadowed the incoming impactor. Many people took some time from whatever they were doing that evening and night to admire it – if only for a moment.
At the Academy, the same phenomenon, read into by the Witchdoctor, was determined to be an omen of some kind of destructive event in the near future.
Five days later, the thing itself came falling through the atmosphere leaving a long tail of ash and dust and fire in its wake. Its trajectory appeared to be towards the Peregrine Academy. With the Watchers yet to be reunited, the best that could be done at the time was to hunker down and prepare.
Its wake was spotted midday by those still living on the Academy grounds. It could be seen trying to maneuver, eliminating it as a meteorite. It’s an entity under intelligent control.
For the first time since the Five Waves, and to be the second time ever, Akei and Aguyu retreat to the resting room, that R.E. had found them in years earlier, to enact what they called “Athskeilon.” The others watched as the two Valkyries sat kneeling and facing each other inside an ornate symbol carved into the floor, holding each other’s hands cross-wise, touching their foreheads together, then finally bringing their etherial wings out that quickly expanded to beyond the walls of the Academy and into a dome-shaped field covering the entire grounds and a portion of the surrounding forest. Akei’s white wings blended into Aguyu’s black wings at the dome’s surface, creating a swirling pattern of light and dark akin to a dome-shaped vortex of ether that began at its apex and disappeared into the ground.
The incoming entity drifts slowly towards the ground, but as it approaches close enough its true speed can be glanced at. It’s actually moving quite quickly, as evidenced by the sonic boom that sweeps the Academy prior to its inevitable impact with the earth.
That impact eventually did come, the being just missing the Academy grounds. An almighty earthquake erupts from the collision, and in the distance forest can be seen uprooted and thrown into the air quite a distance away. Copious amounts of earth were also torn away from their original home, some pieces even falling onto the Athskeilon.
Moments later, the commotion falls away into silence. An uneasy silence, it was. The Academy’s residents, the Valkyries, the Witchdoctor, the Merry-maker, Bharkou, Princess, Raac and Raghul, and two new recruits acquired since the Peregrine’s party left on their quest, seize the moment to finalize preparations.
Elsewhere, the lone, traveling Freemen were alerted to the falling object as well.
Amid a street performance near Hullheach, Arregz and his band-mates were the second-nearest Freemen to the impact site. The final maneuver made by the beast was clearly visible in the sky from their vantage point.
Meanwhile, in Appathall, Freemen tending to an aid booth in Appavell were the first among the Freemen to see the incoming entity. The locals there were afraid it was another terror attack underway.
Thiere, despite being well away from the trajectory of the thing, was also just able to catch sight of the trail of smoke and ash being left in its wake. She had only just joined a rag-tag group of misfits calling themselves “Banon and the Rainbow Girls Squad,” and upon seeing the smoke received a nagging feeling that she should return to the Academy to help out there instead.
She fought against the feeling. She’d only just arrived here, and her homeland required her help as well. Besides, the Academy had other, equally capable, individuals residing there; the Academy was in good hands.
Finally, following the burn-up trail is an ancient starship piloted by a very deflated Alien girl. She had hoped to beat the calamity to Eyaye, but the Forces of Darkness made sure to be ahead of schedule. She hadn’t expected the calamities to begin so soon.
The Ancient of Eyaye had already crash-landed some distance away from the Peregrine Academy when she settled her own ship down just outside the Academy’s secondary gate.
Unable to enter through the barrier now, her best chance of being useful to the Academy now was to take her own stand against the incoming monsters. Inside, she’d been building a ship, loaded with all the ancient relics and weaponry she’d gotten her hands on, just for such a purpose. Those monsters won’t stand a chance.
There’s gonna be A LOT of them, though. Their biggest advantage right now is their sheer numbers.
All the monstrosities that were caged up forever, after the great wars of yore….
In her newly-built warship, she hovers over the Academy. There, she can see the sky darkening in the distance. Over what can be seen of the remains of the Ancient, what mirrors a large cloud of colonial insects, or a swarm of Adversarial war-drones, billows out from the Ancient’s body. Soon enough, there’s enough of them able to blanket the entire sky here in an artificial dusk. Those ready to fight brace for what’s inevitably to come….